Calgary may not seem like the hottest place ever right now, but YYC has actually seen steady warming over the past year.
After the announcement that the world’s global temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, AccuWeather and the New York Times have partnered on a database that compares a city’s 2018 average temperature to its historic norm.
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Calgary’s average temperature was 4.4°C in 2018, signifying a 0.2°C increase over the norm.
It’s not that much of an increase compared to, say, Mountain Village, Alaska, where 2018 was a full 2°C warmer than their average, but it was enough for Calgary to join the around 3,150 cities that saw an increase in average temperature.
According to the website, about 83% of the 3,800 cities studied “saw average temperatures higher than normal last year.”
“2018 is yet again an extremely warm year on top of a long-term global warming trend,” said NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) director, Gavin Schmidt.
NASA says that since the 1880s, the average global surface temperature has risen about 2°F (1°C).
Calgary tied or beat its record high three times in 2018, with all instances taking place in August.
The normal temperature range is determined using the averages of the highs and lows for each day in Calgary from 1981 to 2010.